The Somali government has announced plans to introduce legislation that would outlaw the practice of female genital mutilation.
The country’s Minister of Women and Human Rights has announced plans to introduce a bill banning the practice nationwide, at a conference on Tuesday. The decision would make the East African nation the latest to move forward with legislation against
“[The] time has come for us to eradicate this bad practice and protect the rights of girls and women in our country,” said Sahra Mohammed Ali Samatar, Somalia’s Minister of Women and Human Rights. The announcement follows the decision of the Somalia’s northern region of Putland to outlaw the practice in 2014, with Islamic scholars issuing a fatwa –a religious edict – clarifying the mutilation is not part of the Islamic doctrine.
Since 2012, FGM has been outlawed by the Somali Constitution. But it has not been criminalized by law. despite the ban…
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